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Vegan and Vegetarian Beers



The key ingredient that determines whether a beer is vegetarian/vegan or not is finings. Finings are used to clarify beer, by pulling yeast sediment to the bottom of the cask. These are usually made from isinglass, an extract from the swim bladder of the sturgeon fish. Although the finings drop to the bottom of the cask with the yeast and are not consumed, the use of an animal product to produce the beer is objected to by strict vegetarians and vegans. 

Some brewers don't fine their beer, but this means the beer needs longer to settle before serving in the pub and still turns out hazy or even cloudy in the glass. Others use finings made from seaweed, but this is mostly confined to bottled beer usage.

Some pubs might specifically ask brewers to supply their real ales in an unfined state so that they can be served to customers who prefer to drink their real ale which has not been clarified by the use of finings. One such pub is The Caledonia, Catharine Street, Liverpool which has been serving Liverpool Organic 24 Carrat (4.2%) since June 2011 without finings. They are now serving other local real ales unfined as well.

Even brewers producing bottle-conditioned beers often fine the beer at the brewery before adding in fresh yeast prior to bottling. However, several brewers bottle without fining the beer and their bottle-conditioned beers can be considered to be vegetarian/vegan. Not all the beers have official vegetarian/vegan accreditation, but the brewers assure us that no animal products are used in their production. Note that honey beers may be vegetarian but are not considered vegan as they contain an animal product - honey. 


Vegetarian/Vegan Cask-Conditioned Beers



Hop Back, Downton, Wiltshire 
Tel. 01725 510986 www.hopback.co.uk 
Vegan Beer: Entire Stout 

Hoggleys, Litchborough, Northamptonshire 
Tel. 01604 831762 www.hoggleys.co.uk 
Two of the company's draught beers are suitable for vegetarians and vegans; Solstice Stout (5%) and Mill Lane Mild (4%) 

Marble Brewery, Manchester 
Tel. 0161 819 2694 
Many of the beers produced by the Marble brewery are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. 

Pitfield Brewery, Epping, Essex 
Tel. 0845 833 1492 www. pitfieldbrewery.com/shop
All the draught beers produced by Pitfield are vegan friendly. The brewery produces one beer SB Bitter for the Duke of Cambridge, Islington. 
 

Vegetarian/Vegan Bottle-Conditioned Beers



Atlantic Brewery, Newquay, Cornwall 
Tel. 0121 328 4336 www.atlanticbrewery.com 
All its bottle-conditioned beer are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Bottle-conditioned beers include: Gold Organic (4.6%), Blue Organic (4.8%), Red Organic (5.0%) Fistral Premium (5.2%), Black Organic Dining Ale (5.5%) 

Black Isle, Munlochy, Ross-shire 
Tel. 01463 811871 www.blackislebrewery.com 
The following beers are suitable for vegetarians : Porter (4.6%), Wheat Beer (5%), Goldeneye Pale Ale (5.6%), Scotch Ale (6.4%), Export Oatmeal Stout (7.2%). 

Blythe, Rugely, Staffordshire 
Tel. 07773 747724 www.blythebrewery.co.uk 

Coastal, Redruth, Cornwall 
Tel. 07875 405407 www.coastalbrewery.co.uk 
No finings used in any of the bottle conditioned beers 

Concrete Cow, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire 
Tel. 01908 316794 www.concretecowbrewery.co.uk 
No finings used in the bottle conditioned beers. 

Corvedale, Craven Arms, Shropshire 
Tel. 01584 861239 www.corvedalebrewery.co.uk 
All the bottle-conditioned beers are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Current range: Katie's Pride (4.3%) Mild, Norman's Pride (4.3%) Bitter, Farmer Ray's Ale (4.5%) best bitter, Green Hop (4.5%) green hopped beer, Dark & Delicious (4.6%) Old ale 

Cotswold, Lower Slaughter, Gloucester 
Tel. 07760 889100 www.cotswoldlager.com 
Wheat (4.2%) beer is the only bottle conditioned ale produced by this brewery 

Country Life, Bideford, Devon 
Tel. 01237 420808 www.countrylifebrewery.co.uk 
All beers said to be acceptable for vegetarians. 

Cropton Brewery, Cropton, N. Yorkshire 
Tel. 01751 417330 www.croptonbrewery.com 
All bottle-conditioned beers in the very wide range produced are suitable or vegetarians and vegans. 

Durham, Bowburn, Durham 
Tel. 0191 377 1991 www.durham-brewery.co.uk 
All the bottle-conditioned beers are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The range of beers include:
Cloister (4.5%) golden ale, Evensong (5%)old ale, St Cuthbert (6.5%) IPA, Benedictus (8.4%) barley wine, Temptation (10%) imperial stout 

Elmtree, Snetterton, Norfolk 
Tel. 01953 887065 www.elmtreebeers.co.uk 
All the bottle-conditioned beers are vegan friendly. 

Fallen Angel, East Hoathly, East Sussex 
Tel. 01825 841307 www.fallenangelbrewery.com 
Nearly all of the brewery output is bottle conditioned beers which are all suitable for vegetarians and vegans. 

Hoggleys, Litchborough, Northamptonshire 
Tel. 01604 831762 www.hoggleys.co.uk 
All the bottle-conditioned beers are unfined. 

Jolly Brewer, Wrexham 
Tel. 01978 261884 www.jollybrewer.co.uk 
All bottle-conditioned beers are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Mail order service available. 

King, Horsham, Sussex 
Tel. 01403 272102 www.kingbeer.co.uk 
No finings used in the bottle-conditioned beers which are therefore suitable for vegetarians. 

Little Valley, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire 
Tel. 01422 249 2295 www.littlevalleybrewery.co.uk 
All the bottle-conditioned beers are Vegan Society accredited. Beers include:
Withens IPA (3.9%) golden ale, Ginger Pale Ale (4%), Cragg Vale Bitter(4.2%), Hebden's Wheat (4.5%), Stoodley Stout (4.8%), Tod's Blonde(5%), Moor Ale (5.5%) 

Lizard, Pednavounder, Cornwall 
Tel. 01326 281135 www.lizardales.co.uk 
Bottled beers suitable for vegetarians and vegans. 

Marble Brewery, Manchester 
Tel. 0161 819 2694 www.marblebeers.com

Ludlow Brewery, Ludlow, Shropshire

Tel 01584 873291  www.theludlowbrewingcompany.co.uk

Bottled conditioned beers:

Boiling Well (4.7%)

Black Knight I(4.5%) 

Moodley's, Penhurst, Kent

Tel 07788 88 98 77 www.moodleys.co.uk

No finings used in any of the bottle-conditioned beers. Vegetarain Society accredited. Beers include Toad Rock Bitter, Poundage Porter, Pantiles Porter, Penhurst Pleasure , Smockham Ale and Royal Match (3.2%) launched to celebrate the wedding of HRH Prince William to Kate Middleton.


Neath Brewery, Baglan, Glamorgan 
E. enquiries@neathales.co.uk www.neathales.co.uk 
Produces a range of unfiltered, unpasteurised, vegan-friendly bottle-conditioned beers 

Old Chimneys, Diss, Norfolk 
Tel. 01359 221411 www.oldchimneysbrewery.com 
All their bottle-conditioned beers are suitable for vegetarians but their Black Rat and Hairy Canary with their milk-derived lactose are not suitable for vegans. 

Pitfield, Epping, Essex 
Tel. 0845 833 1492 www.pitfieldbeershop.co.uk 
All their bottle conditioned beers are suitable for vegetarians and vegans because no finings are used.

Ringmore, Shaldon, Devon 
Tel. 01626 873114 
The beers are fined using non-organic auxiliary finings and then bottled. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Stroud Brewery, Stroud, Gloucestershire
Tel. 07891 995878 www.stroudbrewery.co.uk
All the bottle conditioned beers are vegan friendly. Ding Dong (4.5%) organic porter, Woolsack (5%) organic porter, Tom Long (3.8%) organic amber bitter, Budding (4.5%) organic pale ale.

St Judes, Ipswich, Suffolk 
Tel. 01473 413334 www.stjudesbrewery.co.uk 
Two of the bottle-conditioned beers Pagan Path (4%) wheat beer and St Francis (4%) bitter are not fined and thus suitable for vegans and vegetarians. 

Tunnel, Nuneaton, Warwickshire 
Tel. 02476 396450 www.tunnelbrewery.co.uk 
This brewery produces a large range of unfined, vegan friendly bottle conditioned beers . Some beers are produced under the Battlefield Brewery name. 

Wagtail Brewery, Old Buckenham, Norfolk 
Tel. 01953 887133 www.wagtailbrewery.com 
All the bottle conditioned beers produced by this brewery founded in 2006 are vegan and vegetarian friendly. 

Welton's, Horsham, West Sussex 
Tel. 01403 242901 www.weltonsbeer.com 
Most of this brewery's cask ales are available in vegan friendly bottle conditioned form. 

Why Not, Thorp St Andrew, Norwich 
Tel. 01603 300786 www.thewhynotbrewery.co.uk 
All the bottle conditioned beers are vegetarian friendly and all bar the honey ale is vegan friendly. 

Wibblers, Mayland , Essex 
Tel. 01621 772044 www.wibblers.com 
All their bottle conditioned beers are finings free and thus suitable for vegetarian and vegan.